After the statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court confirming the commission of crimes against humanity by Nicolás Maduro and his entourage, the Venezuelan Ambassador to the US, Carlos Vecchio, affirmed that justice will come to the criminal mafia led by the Venezuelan dictator and reiterated the need for a transition that will lead to free and transparent presidential and parliamentary elections in Venezuela.
“International justice advances against Maduro and his criminal mafia. The ICC Prosecutor found a reasonable basis that Maduro’s dictatorship has committed crimes against humanity: imprisonment, rape, torture and persecution.” the ambassador posted on his Twitter account.
In the ICC statement, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda referred to the investigation into the imprisonment, torture, violation of human rights and persecution exercised against Venezuelans by members of the security forces controlled by the regime.
Given this, Vecchio stressed that “that is what Venezuelans face. They have resisted the onslaught of that criminal gang. That is why this fight has been so difficult and complex, but we have no doubts that justice will prevail over impunity and Venezuela will be free. Nobody here gives up!”
In this sense, he expressed that the international community must continue to support Venezuelans in their struggle and recalled that during 2018, the governments of Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru, States party to the Rome Statute, referred the situation to the ICC, reaffirming the constant human rights violations of which Venezuelans have been victims in the recent years.
The conclusion by the ICC takes place under a serious political, social, and economic scenario in Venezuela, exacerbated by the electoral fraud of Nicolás Maduro on December 6th, which was rejected by the international community.
Organizations such as the United Nations, the Organization of American States and different governments, congresses and parliaments of the world have expressed their support for Venezuelans through the recognition of the interim government of Juan Guaidó and the Popular Consultation, where Venezuelans expressed their desire for change and democracy for the country.